Futures market backwardation suggests a sluggish outlook

TVC:USOIL   CFDs on WTI Crude Oil
Defying our expectations, the West Texas Intermediate crude oil rose above $75 and began to form a rectangle pattern between $76.16 and $79.25 (following a breakdown of negotiations between Israel and Hamas). Currently, the USOIL is trading near the lower bound of this range, which also coincides with the 20-day SMA that acts as an alternative support level. On the daily timeframe, the MACD performed a bearish crossover, and RSI with Stochastic reversed to the downside. Simultaneously, the ADX continued lower, indicating a lack of any trend. Yet, despite that, the futures contracts continue to trade backward, which suggests the market’s sluggish outlook for the oil’s future price.

Illustration 1.01
Illustration 1.01 shows the USOIL’s daily chart and simple support/resistance levels.

Illustration 1.02
The MACD line and signal line performed a bearish crossover. However, they are still within the bullish area above the midpoint.

Technical analysis
Daily time frame = Neutral
Weekly time frame = Neutral

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